Monday, August 8, 2011

Great uses for baker's twine and jute **Really Reasonable Ribbon**

I was thrilled to be the GDT for Really Reasonable Ribbon, it made my month!!  When I saw the selection they had on the baker's twine and all the colors and width's of their jute I had to have it all.  I think I got every color they had in both of these types of trim!!

For this first LO I used the 1.5" jute ribbon in the natural color.  I used it as a "peak-a-boo" under my paper and also as a trim under the mat of my photo. The pic is of my youngest son.  I loved the way his eyes looked in this picture, so I had to scrap it.  I love flowers and swirls, but to add a masculine touch I love the look of the "burlap" jute peaking out to rough the LO up a bit.

This is really easy to do, and i hope you try it out!!
1. Either cut your ribbon in half or leave it intact.   It depends on how much of it will show peaking out under the paper.  I used it both ways

 2. Fold back sections of you paper to create a "V" or a "peak-a-boo" opening on your project
 3. Tape your ribbon to the background paper with regular clear tape.  Be sure to put the tape low enough so it does not show through in your "peak-a-boo" opening.  You can see here I did not use the ribbon all the way around the LO, I just placed it where it would peak out from under the paper.  To do this I had to line it up under the top paper before gluing it down, then tape the ribbon.

 4.  Glue the top layer of paper over your ribbon. so just a little peaks out from under your pulled back "V" or "peak-a-boo" sections. It really gives a fun frayed or rough look to a project.

For this next LO I used the a different jute ribbon, the 5/8" ribbon in natural color as a layered trim at the bottom of the LO.  I also used the red baker's twine in the center of the buttons.

To help match the colors of the baker's twine better to the LO, I used a little bit of light brown ink to color the white of the twine to a light brown color.  I then frayed the ends of the twine after tying the knot on the button.

 To see my other LO you have to by Really Reasonable Ribbon's blog and take a look at all the fun things going on - tutorials, challenges, and more!!  I always find some great new ideas for my ribbon there!!


Challenges - Those eyes LO - a tut - 8/13* - photo inspiration - 8/17x - distressing - 8/19x - hot colors - 9/2 - non paper materials - 8/16x

Challenges - Cute as a button LO - sketch - 8/10* - non paper materials - 8/16x
Erin R.


  1. I was also able to use a similar kind of ribbon but had no idea that it's jute. Love the tutorial. TFS!

    Thanks for joining us at CropStop!

    Blog: “Let’s Get Scrappy!”

  2. Beautiful LO! The jute trim looks fabulous. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Challenge Blog.

  3. Lovely work! Thanks for playing along at CropStop!

  4. Your LO is awesome! Love how you've incorporated the jute ribbon. Thanks for the tut and playing with us at CI Paint. Hope you will join us again. Hugs, Sarah

  5. nice! Thanks for playing the CropStop challenge! :)

  6. Beautiful LO's
    Thanks for joining at CropStop Challenge.

  7. Beautiful layout. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your art in the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge.

  8. Great Lo, just love it, great idea. I really like it. Thanks so much for playing with us at the Papercrafting Journey, good luck, blessings Hilde.

  9. Fab layouts! Please remember to link back to Dream Valley so you are eligible to win our prize :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx


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